Visiting the Beautiful Blue Eye in Albania (Syri i Kalter)
Last Updated on May 24, 2022
If you are visiting Saranda then you should take a couple of hours and discover The Blue Eye. This natural phenomenon is a spring that is a constant 10 degrees, even at the heat of the summer.
The Blue eye’s water is so clear that you can see every little particle. It’s called the blue eye because the spring looks like an eye if you look from the metal watching tower above.
Divers have dived as far as 50 meters down but have failed to go any further due to its length and the pressure that the spring holds. The surrounding nature is very beautiful. You can expect a dense forest and many colours, especially in spring!
How to get to Blue Eye/Syri i Kalter
To get to Blue eye you can either drive, catch a bus or a taxi.
Taxi: You can usually organise for a taxi to take you and wait for you there for around 20- 25 euros return. The drive takes about 20-30 minutes.
Bus: Otherwise you can catch the bus which heads towards Gijrokastёr. You can tell the driver ‘blue eye’ and he will drop you off at the entrance. There’s a paved path that will lead you to the blue eye via walking. No cars or buses are allowed right to the entrance of the blue eye anymore, instead the entrance is now just off the main road.
Keep in mind that it’s around a 2km walk to the actual blue eye so make sure you bring a sunhat and sunscreen! There are talks that a small train will be built so I will update the post when that is available.
When you want to go back to Saranda you can walk back to where the bus dropped you off and wave down the next one you see. The buses usually come by every hour.
How much does Syri i Kalter cost
The entrance fee depends on if you’re coming via car, walking or scooter. The entrance fee for the blue eye is 200 Lek.
Can you go swimming in the Blue Eye
The Blue Eye itself is a protected site so please do not jump in the water. Most likely you will see people swimming there as the laws are not enforced, however, please do your due diligence to protect this precious natural site. Just because someone is not following the rules, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t either.
Other things to do in the area
Unfortunately, there isn’t much to do nearby but it is a nice walk and at the blue eye there is a restaurant and a souvenir shop.
Most people spend an hour at the blue eye but now it will take a little more time because you have to walk there and back. My advice would be to take a packed lunch and enjoy a bite to eat out there.
My top tips for the Blue Eye in Albania
- Go early! This place gets busy with tour buses these days, unfortunately, so I advise going as early or late as you can.
- Please take all your rubbish with you!! Do not litter the blue eye. Unfortunately, Albania has a big problem with rubbish, and it doesn’t need tourists adding to that problem. Leave the place how you found it. And if you do see rubbish please be a good tourist and help pick it up!
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